Alexandra Suzanne Middleton

Alexandra Suzanne Middleton

Assistant Professor

As a medical anthropologist, my research examines everyday lived and embodied experiences of highly experimental frontier science. My work integrates medical anthropology with feminist STS, critical disability studies, sensory anthropology, and critical data studies. I have a particular interest in the craft and practice of ethnographic writing and narrative medicine.

I obtained my PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University, where I wrote an ethnography of neuromusculoskeletal prosthesis clinical trials in Sweden, examining the key, if not obfuscated, role of patient-subjects' domestic lives and embodied sensory knowledge in the making of neuroprosthetic science (book manuscript currently under review at an academic press).


Current research

I am Assistant Professor of medical anthropology in the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies (MeST) at UCPH. My current research examines the triangulation of frontier assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs)--specifically uterus transplantation and stem cell-based human embryo models--with lived experience and the cultural politics of (m)otherhood, gender, and reproduction in the US, Sweden, and Denmark. I am conducting ethnographic fieldwork with patients, families, clinicians, and researchers involved in clinical trials and experimental research.

I am undertaking this work as both a researcher on Prof. Klaus Høyer's ERC Advanced Grant-funded project, Data Space, as well as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, co-hosted at Yale University by Professor Marcia Inhorn and University of Copenhagen by Professor Klaus Høyer. 

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